NetPanel Study removal instructions
What is NetPanel Study?
NetPanel Study is a browser app that is advertised as a research tool which collects information about user's browsing activity for the purpose of Internet study. People who will download and install this app are offered a chance to win various prizes. To win them, users must to take various surveys/answer to various questions. However, quite often apps of this type cannot be trusted, their developers share gathered data (when they should not) with other parties anyway. It is possible that NetPanel Study's developers misuse user's data too.
According to developers, NetPanel Study gathers data that is necessary only for the research. It is stated that user's privacy is fully protected and no passwords, e-mails, form contents or other sensitive information is being collected. Users are ensured that by adding (installing) NetPanel Study to their browsers they make the web easy-to-use and user-oriented. Besides, its developers also offer to win various prizes by filling up various surveys. However, there are some negative reviews stating that this app only delivers spam and displays surveys and does not give anything in return. As mentioned in the introduction, apps that track information often only help their developers to collect various data that could be misused to generate revenue and do not deliver any value for their users. Besides, their developers usually share recorded details with other parties that may include some cyber criminals. People who have such apps installed risk to experience problems with browsing safety, online privacy or end up having their identities stolen. NetPanel Study behaves similarly to information tracking apps that cannot be trusted, that is why we do not recommend to use it.
|Name||NetPanel Study unwanted browser extension|
|Threat Type||PUP (potentially unwanted program), PUA (potentially unwanted application)|
|Supposed Functionality||This app supposed to help make the Internet user-friendly and user-oriented by using collected browsing data.|
|Detection Names (NetPanel.exe)||Bkav (W32.HfsAdware.ED4A), Endgame (Malicious (moderate Confidence)), Microsoft (PUA:Win32/Gemius), Panda (PUP/Gemius), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Symptoms||A program that you don't recall installing suddenly appeared on your computer and started to display various surveys (or any other unwanted pop-ups).|
|Distribution Methods||Chrome Web Store|
|Damage||Unwanted warning pop-ups, slow computer performance.|
To eliminate NetPanel Study unwanted browser extension our malware researchers recommend scanning your computer with Spyhunter.
NetPanel Study behaves like a potentially unwanted application (PUA) such as adware - adware-type apps serve their users with various surveys too. However, usually they feed them with other unwanted content such as pop-up ads, coupons, banners, etc. Besides, developers promote them as completely legitimate apps, but that is not always the case. There are many apps that help their developers to generate revenue from collected data but do not provide their users with any real value.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
Sometimes potentially unwanted apps can be downloaded from their websites (people can download them intentionally). Nevertheless, most of them are distributed bundling them into setups of other programs. It is being done to trick users into downloading/installing unwanted apps through other software (its download/installation setups). Developers hide information about additionally included apps in "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings (options) of the installation/download setups. They hope that people will not check any of the available settings and will allow for unwanted apps to be downloaded and installed together with the wanted software. Additionally, unwanted downloads/installations can be caused through intrusive ads - if clicked, some of these ads run scripts that download/install unwanted apps.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
It is not recommended to download software via third party downloaders, using torrents or other Peer-to-Peer networks like eMule, untrustworthy websites and so on. The best and safest way to achieve it is to use official pages for that. Do not leave "Custom", "Advanced" or other similar settings of any download or installation setup unchecked. Opt-out offers to install (or download) bundled apps before completing the setup. Avoid clicking intrusive advertisements, even if they look harmless (legitimate). There are many ads that, if clicked, redirect people to untrustworthy websites such as gambling, adult dating, pornography and so on. If unwanted ads and redirects are a problem that happens regularly, then see if there are any suspicious entries installed on a web browser and programs on your computer, and remove all unwanted/unknown extensions, plug-ins, pop-ups and other software. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
NetPanel Study installation setup:
Instant automatic removal of NetPanel Study unwanted browser extension:
Manual threat removal might be a lengthy and complicated process that requires advanced computer skills. Spyhunter is a professional automatic malware removal tool that is recommended to get rid of NetPanel Study unwanted browser extension. Download it by clicking the button below:
- What is NetPanel Study?
- STEP 1. Uninstall deceptive applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove malicious plug-ins from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove rogue extensions from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove potentially unwanted plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue extensions from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
Removal of potentially unwanted applications:
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
Windows XP users:
Click Start, choose Settings and click Control Panel. Locate and click Add or Remove Programs.
Windows 10 and Windows 8 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Mac OSX users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for "NetPanel Study" and other suspicious/recently-installed applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove rogue extensions from Internet browsers:
At the time of research NetPanel Study did not install any unwanted browser extensions. However note that some unwanted applications can be installed together with adware and browser hijackers. If you see unwanted ads or get unwanted redirects when browsing the Internet continue with the removal guide below.
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the netpanel study unwanted browser extension, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the netpanel study unwanted browser extension, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with netpanel study unwanted browser extension removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious add-ons from Microsoft Edge:
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Look for any recently-installed suspicious extensions, right click your mouse on these entries and click "Uninstall".
Click the three horizontal dots icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge), and select Settings.
In the opened tab, click the "Choose what to clear" button.
Click Show more and select everything, and then click the "Clear" button.
- If this didn't help, please follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
If you are experiencing problems while trying to remove netpanel study unwanted browser extension from your computer, please ask for assistance in our malware support forum.
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